NORWALK, Conn. Two players supplied the power as Sports Authority jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Rowayton Pizza in the best-of-five series in the Rowayton Little League's Massey Cup. The winner will represent Rowayton in the District 1 Tournament of Champions later this month.
Andrew Matthews hit two home runs and had six RBIs as Sports Authority won the first game, 7-3. In Sunday's Game 2, Griffin Root hit a pair of two-run homers as Sports Authority won, 4-2. Game 3 is Monday at 5:45 p.m. at Bayley Beach's Velotti Field.
In the opener, Matthews doubled in the first inning and hit home runs in the third and fourth. Sports Authority scored three runs in the first inning. Rowayton Pizza took advantage of four Sports Authority errors to tie the game in the second.
Ethan Blattman kept contact to a minimum, striking out eight Pizza batters. Blattman allowed no earned runs on two hits and no walks over five innings. Blattman's efforts were helped by two key plays made in centerfield by Sam Czaja.
Peter Tinnesz, Root and Peter Massey also contributed to Sports Authority's offense.
Jack "JD" Dove and Steven Kostohyrz had Rowayton Pizza's only hits, and Charlie Feinstein had an RBI. Pizza's three pitchers, Connor Belcastro, Max Chermayeff and Kostohyrz, held Sports Authority to two hits beside Matthews' outburst.
In the second game, Sports Authority's Liam Carroll pitched the first four innings and Rowayton Pizza's Steven Kostohyrz the first three in a very well-played game, as neither team committed an error and both pitchers allowed two hits each. Unfortunately for Carroll and Kostohyrz, one of the hits allowed by eachy was a home run. Peter Tinnesz drew a lead-off walk to start the game. Root came to bat with one out and drove the ball deep over the right center fence. Kostohyrz allowed almost nothing after that, scattering two more walks and a single in the third to Jonathan Miller.
Carroll held Rowayton Pizza scoreless for three innings, allowing just a two-out single to Jack Dove in the bottom of the first. He walked five batters but pitched out of trouble in the third after two walks (to Theo Coupe and James Stefanewicz) with two outs.
In the bottom of the fourth, Jack Feinstein reached on a lead-off walk. The walk proved costly as Bennett Close came up next and homered on a towering drive to dead center to tie the game at 2-2. Charlie Feinstein followed Close with another walk. Carroll finished his day first by striking out Emmett Towey and then getting a double play. Sports Authority also turned a double play in the bottom of the sixth with a runner on first and the tying run at the plate.
Root helped SA take the lead for good in the sixth inning. Blattman singled to start the inning off, and advanced to second on a stolen base. Root then hit his second homer to put Sports Authority ahead for good. Peter Massey pitched solid in relief, going the final 1 ? innings. He struck out one and walked one.
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